Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN)

SD-WAN delivers agility, scalability, fast provisioning, security +

SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area network) is the application of software-defined networking (SDN) technology applied to WAN connections such as broadband internet, 4G, LTE, Satellite, MPLS, Ethernet, and other networking types. It connects business networks – including branches, data centers, and Cloud services.

How does SD-WAN work?

SD-WAN involves managing WAN branch routers from a central controller, or creating the “brains” of the network, so that potentially thousands of routers can be managed from one place.

The main benefit of SD-WAN is that the network is easily managed from a central controller. Network administrators can build policies and seamlessly push them to every device at once, greatly simplifying IT management.

In addition to simplified management, SD-WAN can run over any type of network (such as broadband, fiber, LTE), through any type of service provider connection (Internet, MPLS).

There are four core features of SD-WAN: Transport independence, Application visibility, Path intelligence, and Centralized management

Why SD-WAN?

  • Scalability and Adaptable. Network models are both scalable, adaptable to business needs, and cloud-enabled
  • Transport Independence. Leverage high-speed bandwidth across multiple transports such as MPLS, internet, 3G/4G/LTE, etc. with the right security and quality of service (QoS).
  • Traffic Optimization and Redundancy. Utilize multiple WAN paths for resilience and bandwidth efficiency.
  • Application Performance, Availability, Optimization. Optimize the performance of applications to maximize WAN bandwidth and provide great user experience.
  • Zero-touch Deployment. Quicken the deployment of sites by remotely provisioning new equipment and services.
  • Orchestration. Automate management and orchestration of services to optimize staff time and total cost of ownership.
  • Programmability. Extend the WAN with software-defined and programming extensions via APIs.
  • Flexibility. On-prem and cloud-based deployments are both possible with SD-WAN architecture, based on what is best suited to your policies and processes.
  • Improved Security. Deliver a consistent model of security and security management to all sites

SD-WAN Business Decision Benefits

Freedom of Flexibility and Scalability

Need to scale up or down your bandwidth? SD-WAN can do that. A key benefit of SD-WAN is its ability to control bandwidth on the fly. For businesses, this means critical applications will always receive the appropriate bandwidth as they require it.

Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery

Whether it is a natural disaster, human error, or any other disaster, SD-WAN allows you avoid productivity disruptions and continue with minimal if any downtime.

  • High availability, with predictable service, for all critical enterprise applications
  • Multiple hybrid active-active links for all network scenarios
  • Dynamically routed application traffic with application-aware routing, for efficient delivery and improved user experience

Increased Agility & Provisioning

An internet-based software solution, an SD-WAN network makes it possible for your team to deploy, manage, and alter your network across large distances from one centralized location. With SD-WAN’s centralized control your team can:

  • Monitor networking usage and activity across the entire SD-WAN network
  • Deploy changes across the entire SD-WAN network from a central location
  • Provide networking support to remote employees and offices

Transport & Bandwidth Diversity

SD-WAN is a provider-agnostic networking solution that operates on the public internet. Unlike MPLS networking, SD-WAN isn’t dependent on a single provider to guarantee its functionality and as a result will give you consistent network performance, regardless of where you’re using it.

Cost

Maintaining a healthy bottom-line is essential to any business and SD-WAN will help keep it that way. Here are a few reasons SD-WAN solutions can save you money:

  • Run on the public internet, SD-WAN solutions don’t require expensive hardware like that needed for MPLS networking. This is a big advantage SD-WAN has over MPLS
  • Centralized management is a big feature of SD-WAN and gives your team the power to control your network from anywhere. As an added bonus, centralized management means you get real-time analytics that enables you to quickly optimize your network as needed

Management/Advanced Reporting/Analytics

Through management web portals, administrators can access network performance metrics and customized reporting. Save them or set up recurring schedules, easily drill down by department, appliance, or time period to view:

  • Bandwidth utilization
  • Circuit availability
  • Top circuits by bandwidth
  • Top applications SLA metrics
  • SLA metrics
  • SLA metrics

Advanced and Secure Infrastructure​

SD-WAN ensures data is protected across any connection via encrypted networking. Security alerts including network treats and breaches delivered in real-time through proactive security management.

  • Application-aware policies with end-to-end segmentation and real-time access control
  • Integrated threat protection enforced at the right place
  • Integrated threat protection enforced at the right place
  • Integrated threat protection enforced at the right place

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MPLS

When your multi-location business is looking to grow, an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network is your solution. Adding MPLS capabilities offers secure, private multi-site communications, keeping your data insulated from general internet traffic. Your growing number of applications – whether that includes core business applications, voice, video or general internet traffic – are routed over private IP networks, ensuring that even your most sensitive data remains secure.

  • Benefits & Attributes:
  • Enable seamless data connectivity among all locations
  • Ensure data security through private, secure connections
  • Prioritize traffic types with up to four classes of service
  • Ensure the performance of your network with service level agreements (SLA)